Can the Taliban Govern Responsibly?

October 18, 2021

Following the fall of Kabul in August, the first face-to-face meeting between US officials and the Taliban took place last week. As is typical in such first encounters, both sides came with their respective agendas, including demands and requests of the other side. The one issue on which both...

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security
September 21, 2021

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

Chaos Makes a Comeback in Southern Yemen
September 16, 2021

Chaos Makes a Comeback in Southern Yemen

Explosive Reporting From The New York Times
September 13, 2021

Explosive Reporting From The New York Times

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

September 13, 2021

After al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, then-US President George W. Bush declared his (in)famous doctrine of the global war on terror, which will continue to have a great effect on the Middle East and the world for the coming decades, if not...

The War on Terror Was Never Turkey’s Fight

The War on Terror Was Never Turkey’s Fight

September 09, 2021

Do you know where you were on August 14, 2001? Perhaps not, since it isn't a defining day in world history in quite the same way as September 11, 2001, or 9/11, as it’s become known. Yet in the Turkish political landscape, August 14, 2001, can now be seen as something of a watershed...

Can the Taliban Guarantee Security for Afghanistan’s Neighbors?

Can the Taliban Guarantee Security for Afghanistan’s Neighbors?

September 06, 2021

The Taliban's second takeover since 1996 is taking place in a regional context that poses challenges for the regime but also opens up new opportunities. Twenty-five years ago, the Taliban took over a country largely destroyed by civil war; today, they find a reasonably functioning state. At...

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

December 09, 2020

An August report by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Turkish occupation of northern Syria did not mince words, testifying that there has been a dramatic increase in killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers of people and seizures of land and properties by the Turkish military and its...

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

No Clear Vision to End Violence in Afghanistan

November 16, 2020

Afghanistan has been engulfed in bloodshed and confusion for decades. The deal between the United States and the Taliban signed on February 29 in Doha, Qatar, has added more tension to the conflict by creating competition among anti-government militants. Groups such as the Islamic State...

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

November 12, 2020

A recent ceasefire agreement and ongoing political reconciliation negotiations between Libya’s warring factions have significantly de-escalated tensions. A flurry of diplomatic engagement, with significant international support, has raised hopes that the Libyan conflict is about to enter a new...

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

How the US Can Win Back Clout in Syria

October 06, 2020

The humanitarian crisis in northeastern Syria is well documented. Nonetheless, despite the devastation that has occurred and the likely peril that is soon to come, pleas from aid groups, journalists and refugees have not been enough to move policymakers to take action. One reason for this is that...

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

Is Assad Gearing Up for a Final Push in Syria?

September 24, 2020

Ceasefires in Syria come and go, and so do the meetings between the outside players who hold it in their hands to determine if an end to the country’s 9-year civil war is in sight. The most recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish and Russian military officers was intended to discuss...

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

August 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

July 08, 2020

The appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, could have significant implications for the country’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has heavily meddled in Iraq’s affairs post-2003. Kadhimi was serving as the director of the Iraqi National Intelligence...

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